Definition of tract noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trækt//
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  1. 1 (biology) a system of connected organs or tissues along which materials or messages pass the digestive tract a nerve tract
  2. 2an area of land, especially a large one synonym stretch vast tracts of forest They bought a 40-acre tract of land for development.
  3. 3(sometimes disapproving) a short piece of writing, especially on a religious, moral or political subject, that is intended to influence people’s ideas feminist tracts
  4. Word Originsenses 1 to 2 late Middle English (in the sense ‘duration or course of time’): from Latin tractus ‘drawing, draught’, from trahere ‘draw, pull’.sense 3 late Middle English (denoting a written work treating a particular topic), apparently an abbreviation of Latin tractatus, from tractare ‘to handle’, frequentative of trahere ‘draw’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples The county has small towns and villages and large tracts of moorland. We flew over vast tracts of forest. Whole tracts of the countryside have been turned into industrial wasteland. socialist/​feminist tracts
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